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Gmail offers block and unsubscribe for web and Android

Gmail recently introduced a new feature allowing users to block and unsubscribe from emails with a few simple clicks. No third-party app needed.

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Gmail on Android just got a trillion times better

Often times when you get started on a project, even the smallest disruption can tank productivity. This is especially true if those disruptions are completely irrelevant, or unnecessary. Turning off persistent distractions from email used to mean either blocking the sender, or using a third-party program to help you filter your distractions.

Gmail has introduced a new way to help prevent these distractions from happening. Now, you have the option to “never see messages from this person again.” You can block specific email addresses in Gmail already on the web and from Android devices within the week. The new feature is much easier than creating filters, as you can block someone in two quick clicks.

Great way to cut off spammers

While this is a great feature to stop the distraction, it’s also effective to block spammers, bullies, and people that just won’t take no for an answer. Of course, there are other ways to address these issues, but having the feature built-in is an easy option for dealing with it. Once you’ve enabled these settings for a particular email address, it will go to be spam folder. If at any time you change your mind, you can always remove an address from within the “Settings” menu.



If blocking those annoying messages wasn’t enough, from Android you’ll also be able to opt out of eligible mailing lists right from the Gmail app. This saves you the hassle of unsubscribing from each one individually, as you can choose “unsubscribe” right from the drop down box on each individual message.

While this isn’t a huge update, blocking and unsubscribing can certainly help you control and manage your inbox more effectively, especially on the go. The web version worked quite effectively for me, so I am anxious to see if the Android version works in the same manner. Have you tried out this new feature? If so, what did you think of it.

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Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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